The Calgary Flames and Carolina Hurricanes struck a deal that sent (McKenzie):
- Dougie Hamilton, Adam Fox and Michael Ferland to Carolina
- Elias Lindholm and Noah Hanifin to Calgary
It was reported yesterday by Larry Brooks that the Rangers were not interested in Hamilton and that Fox, who was defense partners with Ryan Lindgren for Team USA in the past, was not available.
Lindholm and Hanifin are both RFAs while Hamilton has three-years left on his deal at $5.75 million, Ferland has one-year left at $1.75 million and Fox has spent two-years at Harvard.
Elliotte Friedman noted on the NHL Network that there are questions about whether Fox will ultimately sign.
Fox is from Long Island and his favorite team growing up was the Rangers. (USA Hockey)
Adam Rotter: August 15, 2020 is when Fox can become a free agent and join the Rangers. There is no indication that will happen, but if there are questions about signability, and that he grew up a Rangers fan, you have to think that he saw how Jimmy Vesey went through things at Harvard and might be interested in doing the same.
That is for the future though. In the present, this likely takes Calgary out as a potential trading partner for the Rangers and Kevin Hayes. Calgary made sense for Hayes but landing Elias Lindholm as an RFA likely puts an end to that. As for Carolina, they may still trade Justin Faulk and certainly seem like they are going to trade Jeff Skinner. Faulk is similar to Kevin Shattenkirk but he would still add nice depth on the right side. It's more than likely that Skinner will go to one of the teams that loses out on Jeff Skinner and as nice as it would be to not have Jeff Skinner score on the Rangers, it seems unlikely they would get involved for him.